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About Akureyri

A genuine 'Midnight Sun' destination, Akureyri cruise port is a charming Icelandic town with a stunning location on the country's longest fjord - Eyjafjordur. There are several interesting museums and churches but the most amazing feature of Akureyri is its botanical garden - not surprisingly, the most northerly in the world.  That this glorious display of flowers and plants thrives is a tribute to the local microclimate which is remarkably mild for somewhere so close to the Arctic Circle.

Less surprising is the range of tours to appeal to nature-lovers from whale watching (18 species from minkes to killers have been spotted) to the spectacular 'Waterfall of the Gods' at Godafoss.

Along the way, you will also see age-old glaciers, beautiful lakes, bubbling sulphur mud-pits, hidden caves and coves, dormant volcanoes and lava which has turned into bizarre-shaped sculptures.

 

Shore excursions in Akureyri

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Akureyri Highlights

Activity medium

Duration: 3 hours

Discover the best of what Akureyri has to offer as you visit its main highlights.

Embark on a drive through the colourful city streets to the Akureyri Botanical Gardens. Breathe in the fresh Icelandic air as you stroll through the lovely gardens which contain examples of every plant species indigenous to Iceland and an extensive collection of high-latitude and high-altitude plants from around the world.

Located in the oldest part of town, you’ll find the charming Akureyri Museum. The Museum houses exhibitions detailing the history and culture of the area throughout the centuries as well as interesting displays featuring collections of art and historical items such as artefacts, photographs, farming tools and re-creations of early Icelandic homes.

From here, drive out to the small charming Santa's House, a year round Christmas store that offers all kinds of festive items. In Iceland there are 13 Santa Clauses and children traditionally put a shoe in the window for the 13 nights before Christmas so each Santa can leave a small gift.

Returning to town , you’ll pass the fishing boats in the busy harbour as you head towards the heart Akureyri. Take a stroll down Listagil Street, where artisans have their workshops and galleries, before stopping at the modern Akureyri Church which perches on a hill overlooking the town.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. The terrain at the Gardens consists of gravel or mud pathways. The Botanical Gardens’ collection of flora and fauna is dependent on the weather conditions experienced throughout the year.

Akureyri Nature and History

Activity medium

Duration: 4 hours

A delightful tour combining a spectacular waterfall, a traditional folk museum and the world’s most northerly botanical gardens.

Embark on a journey across the fjord, along the slopes of Vadlaheidi Mountain, through the Fnjoskadalur Valley and alongside Vaglaskogur Forest - one of Iceland's rare woodlands which are part of an extensive soil and vegetation reclamation project to historic Godafoss.

Stop off at Goðafoss, a breathtaking 30 foot waterfall, to photograph its impressive cascading falls before continuing on to visit Laufás Folk Museum.

The Laufás Folk Museum, a 19th century farmhouse built in the traditional Icelandic style of stone and turf, provides a glimpse back into ancient times. Once a manor farm and vicarage, the turf farmhouse dates back to 1866, and contains many interesting household and agricultural implements used by the gentry at around that time.

On the scenic return journey, there will be a stop at the Botanical Gardens, to admire its 2,000 species of local and foreign flowers, before taking a leisurely drive around the old town and main sights of Akureyri.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There are a few steps and some uneven ground at the Folk Museum. The Botanical Gardens’ collection of flora and fauna is dependent on the weather conditions experienced throughout the year. At Goðafoss there is an uneven, lava surface and no handrails; therefore passengers are advised to exercise caution. Comfortable, flat and enclosed footwear is recommended.

Akureyri Walking Tour

Activity high

Duration: 3 hours

Discover Akureyri’s interesting history and culture as you stroll around this charming town on a guided walking tour.

Admire the views over the harbour, town and fjord as you walk along the Strandgata into the thriving town of Akureyri. Take a leisurely stroll along the colourful Artist’s Alley before visiting the towering Akureyri Church.

Akureyri Church, consecrated in 1940, is one of the town’s proud symbols and enjoys a prominent position on the edge of the hill overlooking the town. The Church houses many interesting artefacts including a stained glass window, part of a set in England’s Coventry Cathedral, which was brought to Akureyri for safe keeping during World War 2.

After seeing the Church, you’ll explore the old mid town area with an expert local guide, who will share stories of the town’s local history and culture. As you wander past the old town houses you’ll notice their distinctive architecture which is a result of Akureyri’s past life as a trading post for Danish merchants.

At the Museum of Akureyri, you’ll be able to absorb a little more of the local history through the interesting exhibitions and picture gallery.

Finally, your walk will take you along the picturesque coastal path before returning to the church.

Essential information

This excursion will operate on foot. There is approximately 3 hours of walking over a combination of flat, paved, gravel and uneven surfaces. There are 112 steps to reach Akureyri Church. The tour will end at the bottom of the Church steps and from here you can choose to either stay in the town or walk the 300 yards back to the ship.

Akureyri Whale Watching

Activity medium

Duration: 3½ hours

A unique opportunity to seek out the many species of impressive whales that inhabit the Icelandic waters.

Akureyri offers some of the best whale watching opportunities in Iceland and a wide variety of marine mammals are spotted regularly as they come into the bay to feed, amongst them are Minke, Fin and Blue Whales.

Sit back and relax onboard your boat, as your expert Captain negotiates his way to the best places to spot whales. The atmosphere will be filled with anticipation as you get ready to see some of these magnificent creatures.

Ensure to keep your eyes peeled for the Humpback Whale, which is often seen in these waters. As one of nature’s most impressive creatures, the Humpback is sure to amaze you with its acrobatic moves. You may also see a variety of seabirds including puffins, as well as the fun loving harbour porpoises and White Beaked Dolphins who have been known to playfully surf alongside the boats.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by boat. The boat is not exclusive to P&O Cruises. Passengers are required to walk approximately 400 metres to board the boat. There are 4 steps to negotiate to access the restroom from the main deck. The deck of the boat can get wet with sea spray, so please take care when moving around as it may be slippery. If you are prone to seasickness please take the necessary precautions. Whale sightings cannot be guaranteed, however the success rate for seeing them is very high.

Diamond Circle Flightseeing

Activity low

Duration: 1¾ hours

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to fly over the dramatic Icelandic landscape where Game of Thrones and Oblivion were filmed.

Take in the sights from above as you enjoy scenery that is mystical, dramatic and a natural geothermal phenomenon.

You’ll fly over the impressive Godafoss waterfall, Myvatn area and Lake Myvatn, a beautiful lake surrounded by mystical lava rocks, and you’ll learn about the geothermal wonders in the area.

Continue the flight over Vatnajökull Glacier National Park to Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe and follow the magnificent Jokulsargljufur canyons, including stunning Asbyrgi canyon, before returning to the town of Akureyri.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by mini bus and fixed wing aircraft. Guests under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult. Transfer time between the quayside and the airport is approximately 5 minutes each way. Your flight duration will be around 1¼ hours. The planes have 7 seats, the 7th seat next to the pilot. Preferred seating cannot be guaranteed. This tour will operate subject to local weather conditions and may be cancelled at short notice.

 

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